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Emily A. Peacock


Court Experience – Judge Peacock was elected to the Circuit Court for a term beginning in January 2007.  She served in Unified Family Division, Domestic Relations, from 2007 to 2011.  Early in 2011 she transitioned into a Dependency division, where she currently remains.  Judge Peacock’s case load includes Chapter 39 proceedings related to Dependency, Termination of Parental Rights and adoptions. 


Education – Hillsborough County Public Schools for Grades 1 through 12; B. A. from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN awarded in May 1978.  J. D. from Stetson University College of Law, December 1980. 


Honors, Awards and Activities - Judge Peacock is very involved in the legal community.  She is a guest lecturer in family law related classes at Cooley Law School; she has participated as a guest lecturer at Stetson University College of Law; she is also a Judicial Mentor, and has been a mentor for other lawyers and law students through Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL) and Cheatwood Inn of Court.  She has received the following honors:


2015 – Robert W. Patton Outstanding Jurist Award from the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA).

2014 – Florida Supreme Court Chief Justices’ Distinguished Judicial Service Award.

2014 – HAWL Trailblazer Award.

2013 – Award from HCBA for service to the Bench Bar Committee.

2012 – Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) Leaders in the Law Recognition.

2011 – Florida Bar Family Law Section Making a Difference Award. 


Judge Peacock has served as an instructor at State Judicial Conference events.  She has volunteered as a speaker for various continuing legal education programs, and is a member of the HAWL Board of Directors; of the HCBA Bench Bar Program committee (which she has co-chaired in the past); she is a member of the Community Alliance of Dependency Providers for Hillsborough County, and also serves on the Unaccompanied Immigrant Children work group of that committee.  She is a member of the J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court, a former member of the Stann W. Givens Family Law Inn of Court (2007-2012); the George Edgecomb Bar Association, the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, the 13th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee, the 13th Judicial Circuit Technology Executive Committee. 


In addition, Judge Peacock is an active member of her church and its choir, and sings with a local community choral group.  She is a mother and a grandmother. 


Work experience

– Judge Peacock was an assistant state attorney in Seminole and Hillsborough Counties; she was a senior attorney for the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services; she was an assistant public defender in Hillsborough County, and then spent several years in private practice specializing in civil litigation and class action matters.